Shared Responsibility: Recognizing and Helping Students in Distress
A Guide for Faculty, Staff and Students
Prepared by the Counseling Center
Fort Lewis College
The College Student Profile
Faculty/Staff as Mentors
Recognizing Warning Signs of Psychological Distress
Recognizing warning signs does not require expertise! It does, however, require an awareness of what to look for.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
The greater the number of warning signs present, the greater the likelihood that the student needs assistance.
Depression is common. Suicide is lethal.
Clinical depression is a serious and common disorder of the mood that is pervasive, impacting the mind and the body. It often begins in young adulthood, making college students particularly at risk. Depression raises the risk of suicide dramatically.
Key symptoms to watch for are:
Steps in Making a Referral for a Distressed (Non-Suicidal Student)
Step 1 - Listening
Step 2 - Expressing Concern
Step 3 - Making a Referral